Friday, May 23, 2003

Nancy’s Restaurant: After Nancy’s death, tradition is carried on

The tap room and restaurant have been updated but have a mellow, lovingly cared-for-through-the-years patina - candlelight at the high and low pub tables and dining tables. There are hunting prints and a cathedral ceiling with copper saucepans hanging from the rafters. White cloths and fresh flowers are everywhere. Tap water in a stylish bottle is brought to your table along with ice-filled goblets - a festive touch. There's a basket of green (homegrown in season) apples in the room with red banquets. Comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Jewish community leader, basketball referee joins CB8

Between refereeing for community basketball games, serving as president of the Young Israel of Hillcrest and working full time as a financial investor, Marc Katz, 54, doesn't have much time to himself. Comment.

Hollis clinic hosting study of Ground Zero workers

A Hollis medical facility is working with Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan to chart the health concerns of demolition workers who helped clear debris from Ground Zero. Comment.

Acrobat dares gravity in Cunningham Park

After walking, spinning and doing a headstand on a unicycle on a loosely extended wire, Big Apple Circus performer Cong Tian put his hands on one knee and leaned back on the thin thread as if he were lying in an invisible hammock suspended above the ring below. Comment.

Flushing man found guilty in ‘00 Astoria double slay

A homeless man from Flushing was convicted last week of stabbing to death two employees at an Astoria supermarket in a midnight robbery a week before Christmas in 2000, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Koreans mark century of migration with tree

The Queens Botanical Garden is full of trees memorializing the lives of the residents who surround the institution. Comment.

Whitestone Wanderers 12s sweep Terryville

Mike Georgeau led the offense with three hits. Dean Gykas, Derek Lamacchia and Rob Liquori had two hits each, and Chris Garthright, Steven Mare, Christopher Moreno, Giancarlo Santillo and Lambros Vandoros each had a hit in the 13-1 win. Comment.

Flushing father, daughter killed in L.I. boat accident

A Flushing father and daughter on a fishing trip were killed this week when their boat suddenly capsized in a Long Island inlet on the south shore. Comment.

Mayor gives budget talk at Bayside Jewish Center

Speaking in succession at a breakfast event in Bayside, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller avoided blaming any city officials in disagreeing on the root causes of the city's current fiscal crisis. Comment.

Flushing tenants cut deal in illegal conversion case

After six years of litigation, nine Flushing tenants have settled a lawsuit against their landlord that was filed after they discovered their ground floor apartments were actually illegal. Comment.

Army general appreciates Whitestone students’ gifts

It is not every day that generals in the U.S. Army tour schools. Comment.

‘Sopranos’ shooting draws crowd to Whitestone bar

Someone was gunned down last Thursday in a Whitestone bar. Comment.

Pols slated to march in Whitestone parade

Compared with some other marches in the borough, the Whitestone Memorial Day Parade does not get a lavish amount of attention. Comment.

Boro transit riders react to MTA fare hike battle

Queens bus, subway and Long Island Rail Road riders greeted news that a judge had ordered the MTA to reverse its recent fare hikes with a mixture of elation, anger and skepticism. Comment.

College Pt. mom sues city over son’s arrest

A College Point mother has filed a lawsuit against the city on the grounds that a municipal agency wrongfully prosecuted her son in connection with a 2001 altercation outside his Whitestone school. Comment.

No big-box stores allowed for Flushing Airport land

College Point residents worried about more big-box retailers on 20th Avenue can breathe a small sigh of relief. Comment.

City to purchase parcels in Udalls Cove wetlands

In yet another plot twist to the city's acquisition of privately held wetlands in the Udalls Cove ravine, the Department of Parks and Recreation has agreed to purchase two ravine lots after putting the process on hold last month, the cove preservation committee's president said last week. Comment.

Queens politicians praise MTA’s fare hike rollback

Several Queens elected officials hailed a Manhattan judge’s order to the MTA to roll back the fare hike on the grounds that transit officials provided inaccurate financial data to the riding public in pursuit of an increase. Comment.

Business Calendar

May 22- Networking Buffest Luncheon. 12, Outback Steakhouse, 34-48 Bell Blvd, Bayside. Topic: Iraq and the Aftermath." Cost :$25. 718-898-8500. Comment.

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Partners at 114th Precinct make 3 collars in 24 hours

A pair of officers from the 114th Precinct caught a suspected bank robber in a midday chase through the Sunnyside Yards last Thursday, only a day after they caught red-handed two alleged shoplifters aboard Astoria’s elevated subway. Comment.

Bank, law firm join to help Queens residents get loans

There is a white house near the corner of Merrick Boulevard and Pineville Lane in Springfield Gardens where a home-grown law firm and an international bank have joined together to help southeast Queens residents find fair mortgages. Comment.

Fight leads to shooting of cop-to-be

A Springfield Gardens man who should have received his degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice next week was killed Saturday afternoon as he was trying to settle a dispute between his friends, police said. Comment.

Beep’s office bars press from boro hall meetings

Queens Borough Hall has banned TimesLedger reporters on two occasions from covering meetings on the city Department of Education’s reorganization plan and allowing truck traffic on the Grand Central Parkway. Comment.

McDonald House to add rooms for Schneider kids

A planned addition to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island in New Hyde Park will more than double its capacity, making it possible for more area families to stay there while their children undergo treatment at nearby Schneider Children’s Hospital. Comment.

Mayor gives budget talk at Bayside Jewish Center

Speaking in succession at a breakfast event in Bayside, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller avoided blaming any city officials in disagreeing on the root causes of the city’s current fiscal crisis. Comment.

Cardozo students prepare for debate tourney finals

Students from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside were set to go head-to-head, or rather brain-to-brain, with a team from Bronx Science this week in the final round of the JPMorgan Chase Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Comment.

Maspeth woman carjacked, driven to relatives’ for rob

A woman in Maspeth was pulled from her Lexus, thrown into a van, shocked with a stun gun and driven to her sister-in-law’s house in Little Neck by a gang of men who tied up and robbed the family there Friday, police said. Comment.

Army general appreciates Whitestone students’ gifts

It is not every day that generals in the U.S. Army tour schools. Comment.

Bayside Dialysis Center alters expansion design

The Bayside Dialysis Center has been making changes to its expansion plans in hopes that the city Board of Standards and Appeals will approve a zoning variance for the center next month. Comment.

City to purchase parcels in Udalls Cove wetlands

In yet another plot twist to the city’s acquisition of privately held wetlands in the Udalls Cove ravine, the Department of Parks and Recreation has agreed to purchase two ravine lots after putting the process on hold last month, the cove preservation committee’s president said last week. Comment.

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Boro civics grill Walcott on city’s ed reform plans

Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott faced a barrage of questions from 50 borough civic leaders, parents and teachers Monday night as he tried to explain the restructuring of the city’s school system expected to take effect in September. Comment.

Remember to protect eyes during outdoor summer fun

Summertime is upon us and we are all looking forward to a well-deserved respite and fun times. Too often we are so intent on this that common sense and basic care of our body falls by the wayside. Comment.

Age in Action means fun for boro senior citizens

The Flushing Meadows Corona Park trolley was late the afternoon of May 14. The dozen elderly people and the actor who waited with me beneath the No. 7 train at Willets Point were getting antsy. Finally the actor, slated to perform at a matinee of “Dames at Sea” down at Queens Theatre in the Park, flipped open his cell phone and called somebody. Comment.

A bit of Bronx jazz takes over Flushing

May 9 marked a triumphant return visit to the main stage at Flushing Town Hall for Jerry Gonzalez and his Grammy-nominated Fort Apache Band. Gonzalez and his musical cadre made this great performance space come alive with a special blend of Latin musical flavor reminiscent of their first memorable visit about five years ago. Comment.

A nightmare revisited: Documentary on former Bayside High teacher to hit theaters in June

Almost 14 years to the day since Arnold and Jesse Friedman were arrested on hundreds of charges of child molestation in Great Neck, a documentary about the pair and their family will be released nationwide showing the Friedman clan from a very different perspective. Comment.

Boro Beat: Boro arts groups need to get it while they can

At a time when government budgets are tight, often it is the arts that is the first to suffer. Comment.

Boro classical groups team up for ‘Requiem’

Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) told the audience at Queensborough Community College on Sunday that it had been her father’s dream that Queens residents should never have to cross a bridge or drive through a tunnel to experience great music. Comment.

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Dancers ‘stepping out’ in first-ever QCA show

This not-to-be-missed performance will feature outstanding works by three Queens-based performing arts companies. Comment.

Socrates Sculpture Park reveals urban landscape

The yard is a meeting point of the natural and artificial — an open air home where earth, plant life and animals are alternately suppressed, cultivated and domesticated. It is a privatized parcel of land that is constructed according the inhabitants’ needs and called upon to serve a variety of roles: an outdoor living room, workspace and playground. Comment.

Whitestone music man makes instruments sing

Dave Caldwell, the owner of Whitestone’s lone music shop, has a quiet confidence in his work: the repair and adjustment of instruments. Comment.

Municipal workers costing city too much, report says

The average cost of employing a New York City municipal worker has reached more than $82,000 a year, largely because of fringe benefits that have risen 90 percent since 2000, a fiscal watchdog agency reports. Comment.

How’s Business?: Housing squeeze

You live in Queens and sell your house. So one new family moves in, right? In many cases it’s several families that simultaneously move in. How can they fit all those people in your house? Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 204-26 45 Dr., Single Semi Detached, $319,000, Bed 3, Bath, 2, Construction: Brick, Basement: Finished, Lot Size: 20 x 100, Taxes: $1,582 Comment.

Fund-raisers

Wednesday, May 28 - Thursday, June 5 - Flushing Town Hall holds a retirement party for Jo-Ann Jones, executive and creative direction for Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For information call 718-463-7700, Ext. 229. Comment.

Police Blotter: Stalker of Mets GM Phillips charged in Queens

FLUSHING — A man was charged with stalking New York Mets General Manager Steve Phillips Tuesday following five months of incidents that all occurred at Shea Stadium, the Queens district attorney said. District Attorney Richard Brown said police have charged Matthew Barnes, 27, of 510 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn, with stalking, criminal trespass, harassment and menacing. The defendant faces up to one year in jail or could be fined $1,000 if convicted. Comment.

Editorial: Stealing dreams

Peter Cheung makes his living stealing the dreams of the city’s newest immigrants. Last week he pleaded guilty to fraudulently promising to get greens cards for Chinese Americans living in Flushing. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Memorial Day originated in Civil War period

There lies a fallen soldier. No, there lies my son. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Gioia celebrates 30th with help from friends

The borough’s politicians have been keeping busy lately, with the City Council considering a bill on damage to city property and Council speaker Gifford Miller’s and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton’s Sunnyside visit to promote the benefits of mammograms, as well as Councilman Eric Gioia’s 30th birthday bash. Comment.

Teen Talk: Teens need to examine spirituality’s role in life

G O D - three seemingly innocent letters, but when put together they can generate so much hatred and animosity. Is this what the word is supposed to signify? Comment.

Point of View: Flushing bank scare brings gambling into focus

For a couple of days last month, scores of Asians queued up in front of the Flushing branch of Abacus Federal Savings Bank. My intuition was that the bank was probably doing a promotion gimmick — giving gifts away in exchange for deposits. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Sanders honors women at Far Rockaway event

In spite of the multitude of financial and other problems facing us at every turn, I hope you realize that our communities are fortunate. We have a very large number of people here who are willing to work, and to work very hard — often without obvious recognition — to improve the general conditions and to lift the spirits of those around us. Comment.

Bland Houses drug sweep nabs five alleged dealers

Five men were arrested last week on charges of selling crack cocaine to undercover police officers at Bland Houses, a public housing development in downtown Flushing, the district attorney said. Comment.

The Civic Scene: CB 8 hearing to address public’s budget requests

Chairman of the Community Board 8 Budget Committee Gerald Roth has announced there will be a public hearing for fiscal year 2004 capital and expense new budget requests on Monday, June 2, at Ryan Junior High School, 64-20 175th St. at 7:30 p.m. Comment.

To The Point: Poppy queen selected for College Pt. parade

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The grass is now green, the flowers are blossoming from their buds and yet the weather is still in an uncertain condition. Comment.

Newtown’s Carrasquero finishes career three goals shy of 100

Alba Carrasquero needed five goals in her final high school soccer game to reach 100 league goals in four years. An unattainable goal for some, but not for the Newtown senior. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Jarvis may storm out of Queens

Over the past week, several articles said that St. John’s University head basketball coach Mike Jarvis had been contacted by the Washington Wizards about the possibility of his leaving the Jamaica campus and replacing the current coach of the NBA team, Doug Collins. Comment.

Flushing tops Forest Hills, earns tie for 1st

Forest Hills coach Marty Finkelstein acknowledges that the element of surprise is one of the greatest weapons in baseball, and no one was more surprised than Flushing catcher Joan Abad to see Eudy Perez racing down the third base line after Brett Cassidy missed on a suicide squeeze bunt attempt. Comment.

Mary Louis edges Molloy, 3-2, for spot in finals

Steve Contino’s team was reeling. Coming into Monday’s match-up against the Archbishop Molloy Stanners, the Mary Louis Academy varsity softball team had lost three of its last four games, including two to the very same Molloy squad. Comment.

Cardozo girls soccer coach blasts PSAL’s playoff seeds

If Rich Parascos was looking for any extra motivation heading into the PSAL playoffs, the Cardozo girls’ soccer coach received a heaping tablespoon’s worth, courtesy of the PSAL seeding committee. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Elan Evans

School: Jamaica High School Comment.

Cardozo boys’ tennis team finally falls in PSAL finals

Sixteen used to be a lucky number for Howie Arons. Comment.

CHSAA checking if ousted CK played too many games

A possibly explosive situation concerning the Christ the King baseball team became a moot point this past week when the Royals lost to the Holy Cross Knights Thursday on the last day of the regular season, missing the post-season. Comment.

1,885 graduate from St. John’s University

For Emilia Dorosh the graduation of 19-year-old Gregory Shterin from St. John’s University Sunday was more than just a reason to celebrate -- it was an occasion that marked the realization of a grandmother’s wish for her grandson. Comment.

Cathedral Prep’s Wierzbicki commits to Queens

After months of speculations, Bradd Wierzbicki made it official. He’s heading to Queens College. Comment.

College Round-up: Newtown soccer standout Lesmes picks St. Peter’s

It was just too easy, too familiar for Richie Lesmes. Comment.

Bogomolov captures first Forest Hills Tennis Classic

Florida’s Alex Bogomolov Jr. captured the first ever Forest Hills Tennis Classic championship Saturday at the West Side Tennis Club, defeating Argentinean Mariano Delfino in three sets, 1-6, 6-1, 6-1. Comment.

Mwangi wins 25th Annual Queens Half-Marathon

The 36-year-old Mwangi started the course, which began just outside of Herman A. MacNeil Park and snaked through the neighborhoods of College Point and Malba before finishing within the park itself, at a 5:14 clip for the first mile before breaking away in the second mile. Ozone Park’s Arsenio Ortiz finished a distant second, a position he held most of the way, in 1:09.34. Comment.

CB 8 board members remember former district manager at meet

Former Community Board 8 District Manager Annabelle Glasser was honored with a moment of silence at the CB 8 meeting last week in Jamaica Hills. She died on Jan. 16 of breast cancer at age 72. Comment.

Jamaica Hills development causes concern

When Jamaica Hills resident Deborah Ayala looked out her window a month ago, she saw her neighbor's green side lawn with trees. Now the lawn is fenced off with rough, wooden boards in preparation for the construction of two attached, two-story homes. Comment.

Board 5 votes to rename street near Cleveland HS

Community Board 5 decided to rename a street near Grover Cleveland High School after a longtime principal despite one member's misgivings over whether the honor was warranted. Comment.

Forest Hills soccer coach convicted of abusing boys

A Forest Hills soccer league coach was convicted of sexually abusing six young boys in Queens hotel rooms in 2001 after the jury deliberated for 10 hours, District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday. Comment.

Red Storm’s Wingert helps U.S. team to 3-1 win over Mexico

Chris Wingert’s soccer resume just keeps getting better and better. Comment.

Weiner answers accusations of finance violations

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Kew Gardens) has taken issue with a federal audit into his 1998 election campaign activities that found loans he received from his parents totaling $28,000 were wrongful contributions during his 1998 congressional campaign. Comment.

Back to business as usual for Woodhaven firehouse

Woodhaven residents won their battle Monday to save Engine Co. 293 from closing as the Legislature's reinstatement of $2.7 billion in aid to the city allowed Mayor Michael Bloomberg to keep the firehouse open. Comment.

District 24 parents blast school changes

An angry contingent of parents in the borough's most crowded district is lashing out against the mayor's overhaul of the city schools, claiming they have been shut out of the process. Comment.

Firefighters save senior in Glendale

Firefighters revived an elderly Glendale woman Monday after rescuing her from her smoldering third-floor apartment, where they found her slumped unconscious on the floor as fire raged through her home. Comment.

Maspeth woman carjacked, driven to relatives’ for rob

A woman in Maspeth was pulled from her Lexus, thrown into a van, shocked with a stun gun and driven to her sister-in-law's house in Little Neck by a gang of men who tied up and robbed the family there Friday, police said. Comment.

Renovated Rego Park hall sports weights, boxing ring

Surrounded by seniors playing mah-jongg, a weight lifter training for the Olympics, exercisers and a boxing ring, city Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe welcomed community members to the newly renovated Lost Battalion Hall fitness center in Rego Park Thursday. Comment.

Woodside Greek priest pleads guilty in sex case

A defrocked Greek Orthodox priest who runs his own splinter church in Woodside pleaded guilty last week to charges he sexually molested a 14-year-old boy in his parish four years ago, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Meric Law rules against Sac’s Restaurant, 18-7

Meric Law 18, Sac’s Restaurant 7. John Paul Koulotouros led the way again for Meric Law with three hits, and he closed out the game by striking out three batters in one inning of relief. Ryan Magee struck out seven batters in three innings, and Mike Lavin made a great play at third base. Jared Young reached base four times and scored each time. Comment.

Western Queens gears up for Memorial Day parades

The month after the war in Iraq came to a swift close, residents across western Queens are preparing to honor the nation's fallen heroes in an array of Memorial Day celebrations. Comment.

DAC Baseball: Whitestone Car Wash Dodgers start season with two victories

In their first game of the season, the Dodgers were able to come from behind and defeat St. Robert’s, 5-4. Comment.

Jamaica AirTrain station could support hotel: Study

A proposed 250-room hotel and conference center above the AirTrain terminal in downtown Jamaica would meet the demands of customers from the airport, business and southeast Queens communities, a hotel consultant said last week. Comment.

CB 9 hears liquor license requests in Richmond Hill

Community Board 9 considered four new liquor, beer and wine license applications from Richmond Hill at its regular meeting last week and recommended only two for approval to the state Liquor Authority while tabling another application from Woodhaven. Comment.

PS 65 renamed for bravest killed on 9/11

Family and friends of a firefighter killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks gathered Friday with students and school officials at an Ozone Park elementary school to name the site for the victim. Comment.

Two SE Queens parades to honor veteran heroes

Break out your sneakers and fly your American flags, Laurelton and Rosedale. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Met Food Brewers take 1 of 3 over weekend

Mike Bruno and Danny Medina had three hits apiece to pace the Brewers. Special mention to Jesse Scali, Chris DeMarco and Peter Lymberopoulos for a fine game. Comment.

Jamaica Bay boat cruises reveal hidden city wildlife

A sunset boat cruise around Jamaica Bay may be the best way for Queens residents itching to get out on the Atlantic Ocean after the long winter to see native animals, salt marshes and rare habitats. Comment.

S. Jamaica man convicted of Halloween 2000 murder

A South Jamaica carpenter was found guilty last week of beating one man to death with a hammer and paralyzing another in a Halloween attack three years ago, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Tennis, basketball courts open in St. Albans Park

The renovated basketball and tennis courts at St. Albans Park were officially opened for play Tuesday, just in time for summer. Comment.

Judge shows leniency to vegans who starved child

A Queens judge showed leniency Monday for a couple convicted of nearly starving their 16-month-old daughter to death on a bare-bones vegetarian diet, sentencing Joseph Swinton to the minimum of five years in prison and Silva Swinton to six. Comment.

Queens Democratic Party snubs incumbent Jennings

The Queens Democratic Party snubbed City Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) in his quest for re-election after one term and threw its weight behind Community Board 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick for the seat. Comment.

Alarming e-mail worries eastern Queens residents

A vaguely threatening e-mail sent to eastern Queens homeowners early this month with the aim of selling home security systems backfired when complaints from recipients resulted in the worker's firing. Comment.

Brooklyn Knights U14 team ties Blau Weiss Gottschee

The Knights scored first with goals from Rilwan (Rex) Salawu, off a great pass from Capt. Anthony Alvila and a close in shot from Wilmer Barona. Comment.

Rain forest comes to Queens Village’s PS 23

The gymnasium at the Lifeline Center for Child Development in Queens Village was crammed with plants, papier-mache snakes, recreated Indian villages and other student science projects celebrating the rain forest ecosystem Friday as PS 23's three-day science fair came to a close. Comment.

Albany veto means millions given back to Queens: Pols

Much-needed education and health care funds will be coming to southeast Queens following legislators' recent decision in Albany to restore millions of dollars in funding to the state budget, a state senator said. Comment.

Ex-Weprin foes join up at Queens Village loan office

Who says election campaigns only create enemies? Comment.

Little Neck-Doug parade ready for Memorial Day

The 76th annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade is set for Monday with a whole day's worth of patriotic activities planned around what has traditionally been one of the nation's largest gatherings of its kind. Comment.

Francis Lewis student, dad killed in L.I. boat accident

A Flushing father and daughter on a fishing trip were killed this week when their boat suddenly capsized in a Long Island inlet on the south shore. Comment.

Snows Intermediate boys split two against St. Margaret’s

Snows won the first game behind the five-hit pitching of Frank Sadicario, who also struck out 13. Scoring runs for OLS were Jeremy Hausdorf, Jonathan Dupuy, Brian Kelleher and Anthony Civitano. Comment.

City to enlist coordinators to hear parents on schools

The city Department of Education said it is hoping to increase parent involvement at each borough school by announcing its timeline and criteria for hiring new parent coordinators. Comment.

Shabby basement reborn as youth center

Thanks to a generous grant from Home Depot, two newcomers to Queens Village are now running their own school and youth center on Francis Lewis Boulevard — the only one in the neighborhood, according to its founders. Comment.

JetBlue starts Atlanta to L.A. flight service

JetBlue Airways, the Forest Hills-based low-fare carrier, has begun flights between its West Coast base at Long Beach, Calif. and Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Comment.

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Woodside Greek priest pleads guilty in sex case

A defrocked Greek Orthodox priest who runs his own splinter church in Woodside pleaded guilty last week to charges he sexually molested a 14-year-old boy in his parish four years ago, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Western Queens gears up for Memorial Day parades

The month after the war in Iraq came to a swift close, residents across western Queens are preparing to honor the nation’s fallen heroes in an array of Memorial Day celebrations. Comment.

Kids’ autism intervention site opens in Astoria

The children who will soon toddle into the new whitewashed classrooms of CHIP Harbor in Astoria fall far below the typical age when kids start school — the oldest pupils are only 3 years old. Comment.

Back to business as usual for Woodhaven firehouse

Woodhaven residents won their battle Monday to save Engine Co. 293 from closing as the Legislature’s reinstatement of $2.7 billion in aid to the city allowed Mayor Michael Bloomberg to keep the firehouse open. Comment.

Forest Hills soccer coach convicted of abusing boys

A Forest Hills soccer league coach was convicted of sexually abusing six young boys in Queens hotel rooms in 2001 after the jury deliberated for 10 hours, District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday. Comment.

Renovated Rego Park hall sports weights, boxing ring

Surrounded by seniors playing mah-jongg, a weight lifter training for the Olympics, exercisers and a boxing ring, city Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe welcomed community members to the newly renovated Lost Battalion Hall fitness center in Rego Park Thursday. Comment.

Ex-Weprin foes join up at Queens Village loan office

Who says election campaigns only create enemies? Comment.

Hollis clinic hosting study of Ground Zero workers

A Hollis medical facility is working with Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan to chart the health concerns of demolition workers who helped clear debris from Ground Zero. Comment.

Flushing man found guilty in ‘00 Astoria double slay

A homeless man from Flushing was convicted last week of stabbing to death two employees at an Astoria supermarket in a midnight robbery a week before Christmas in 2000, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Acrobat dares gravity in Cunningham Park

After walking, spinning and doing a headstand on a unicycle on a loosely extended wire, Big Apple Circus performer Cong Tian put his hands on one knee and leaned back on the thin thread as if he were lying in an invisible hammock suspended above the ring below. Comment.

New Hyde Park residents continue LIJ garage fight

A small group of New Hyde Park residents want several conditions met before the planned construction of a new six-level parking garage can begin at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Comment.

Alarming e-mail worries eastern Queens residents

A vaguely threatening e-mail sent to eastern Queens homeowners early this month with the aim of selling home security systems backfired when complaints from recipients resulted in the worker’s firing. Comment.

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